The Giddens phenomenon has been one of the most obvious and talked about features of world sociology since the late 1960’s. This book, first published in 1992, provides a prudent and essential critical introduction to one of the leading sociologists of our time. The book is intended to provide an accessible introduction to Gidden's work and also to situate structuration theory in the context of other approaches. The reissue will be of interest to students of Sociology and those working in the other social sciences.

chapter 1|8 pages

Out of chaos?

chapter 2|13 pages

The theoretical omelette

chapter 3|27 pages

Structuration theory

chapter 4|24 pages

Giddens’s substantive sociology

chapter 5|6 pages

Empirical sociology and critical theory

chapter 6|19 pages

The trouble with syntheses

chapter 7|14 pages

The problem with structures

chapter 8|8 pages

The problem with people

chapter 9|8 pages

The problem with modernity

chapter 10|4 pages

The importance of structuration theory